Robert F. Hamm

robert hamm

April 6, 1933 ~ February 9, 2023

Born in: Alamosa, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Robert F. Hamm, 89, passed away Feb. 9, 2023. Survived by his wife, Cecelia “Kaye” Hamm; daughters, Natalie (Jack) Bard and Heidi (Jack) Rodosta; grandchildren, Adam Topash, Daniel Topash, Michael (Kristy) Topash and Kaitlynn Rodosta (DJ) Strassheim; great-grandkids, Katherine, Leeroy, Trinity, Lucy, Julia, CaseyLynn and David; sister, Judy Lindsey of Florence, Colo; and his faithful fur companion, Abbey. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Frances (née Lanier) Hamm and brother, Leslie “Les” Hamm.
Robert was born April 6, 1933, in Alamosa, Colo. He graduated from Alamosa High School in 1951, from Adams State College with a Bachelors degree in English and Music in 1955 and a Masters of Education in 1959. He also served his country proudly in the US Army. He started his teaching career in Delta, Colo. Later taught for District 60 from Dec. 1, 1961 to May 1, 1993; also taught at Pueblo Community College and worked for the Manpower (summer program). Robert enjoyed teaching, dancing, playing tennis and was an avid reader. He also enjoyed watching basketball, football and English murder mysteries.
Robert was a member of National Speech and Debate and Phi Delta Kappa. He was a Diamond Key Holder in the National Forensic League.
In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS for Life, 800 N. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, CO  81003.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall.
Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

Services

Life Celebration: February 16, 2023 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

719-542-1552
http://www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Mr. Bob you will be dearly missed! You and Mrs.Hamm were my favorite tennis coaches at South High! You were always so kind, positive and patient with us crazy and wild teenagers !! You helped me get through some tough tennis matches when I played in Regionals and State! My heart breaks for you Mrs. Hamm! The unconditional love you and Mr. Bob had for each other was the kind of love I always hoped to find! Mrs. Hamm I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers! 💕🎾Love Steffi Rodriguez

  2. Mr. Bob you will be dearly missed! You and Mrs.Hamm were my favorite tennis coaches at South High! You were always so kind, positive and patient with us crazy and wild teenagers !! You helped me get through some tough tennis matches when I played in Regionals and State! My heart breaks for you Mrs. Hamm! The unconditional love you and Mr. Bob had for each other was the kind of love I always hoped to find! Mrs. Hamm I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers! 💕🎾Love Steffi Rodriguez

  3. Centennial High School
    Mr. Robert Hamm together with
    Mr. Coates, and Mr. Homer Basel were our
    coaches for the 1960 to 1963 Centennial High School Debate and Oratory Team .
    They were excellent top drawer coaches.
    I was Captain of the Team the last two years; the Team did well, taking local, state,
    Tri-State and National Conference wins. The Team at least as best as I can recall included myself, Neil Kark, Curtis Morris, Donna Major, Shirley Thesing, Richard Donley, and Bill McKinney.
    We teens could not have done this without Robert Hamm• He was focused, calm, skilled, intelligent, and always encouraging. Plus Robert always, always dressed very sharp and professional with a matching sports jacket, sharp tie, and slim dress pants like something out of Gentleman’s Quarterly.
    The coaches had us practicing night after night after school. We worked hard and Mr.
    expected good results.
    The teams were given topics to debate on stage against the other teams. Judges scored the meets. This training helped me know what I wanted to do so after
    1963 I went on to earn my BA, Masters, and Juris Doctorate in Law.
    In 1974 we returned to Pueblo where I opened a law office eventually employing three attorneys, Paralegals and several staff; I eventually bought the law building at 1318 Court Street near our dear Old Centennial.
    Robert Hamm, Bob Collier, Ms. Rosalie Tookey, we all owe you so much!

  4. May his memory be eternal! So many good memories of Bob, but his smile and positive attitude were just the best. My condolences to Kay and the entire Hamm family.

  5. It was so sad to see Bob has passed. He was a wonderful friend to me and my daughters, Kelly and Stacy. Bob was kind, understanding, respected in all walks of life, a gentleman!
    Sending my sympathy and prayers to Kay and family.

    Love,
    Carol Laigo

    • Bob and Kaye Hamm were great friends to me. Bob and I met through the summer youth program and became great friends. I took care of their dog, Chostner and cat Mo and all the other pets and took care of their home when they would good on vacation. Bob was such a wonderful person and will be missed. Love always Doris

  6. I remember Bob from my days spent playing tennis. He was such a nice man and an avid competitor. My condolences to Kay and their entire family. Steven Laman

  7. First and foremost Kaye and family, our sincere Love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time cousin ❤️ 🙏
    Bob, you will be missed by so many. I remember meeting you for the first time, I was I think 16 maybe 17, working at the Northside Sambos. You saw my name tag and asked if I was related to Kaye, I said she was my cousin and you said well I’m dating her and I’m going to marry that beautiful woman❣️You came in many times after that and we had many great conversations! We became fast friends that day and I’ve loved a respected you from that day forward. R.I.P. Bob! You will be in our hearts forever until we are all reunited!

  8. Our thoughts are with you on this cold, snowy night, Kaye. We have so many good memories of you and Bob. Bob was a kind and thoughtful person. It was never about Bob, always about others. Although we haven’t been together for quite awhile we had lots of adventures together and we’ll never forget Bob. Sending love to you and your family from Sally and Bob Keller.

  9. Bob was my favorite teacher at Centennial and my speech and debate coach. His teaching and friendship have given me skills I have used my entire life, from public speaking to understanding both sides of issues. I even was the assistant speech and debate coach at East High (Pueblo) for 3 years because of Bob’s influence. I have thought of him many times over the years and shared his impact on my life with others, including my debate partner (under Bob’s direction), Sam Geonetta (Centennial Student Body President, 1966).

    Sincere condolences,
    Larry Clark
    Centennial Class of 1966

  10. Bob Hamm planted seeds in my life that lasted a generation. It has been 54 years since I lasted studied under him and I am better for it. What a blessing this man was in my life as a teacher and a debate coach. Was he tough? You bet but never lost sight that he was an influence. Thanks Bob.

  11. What a huge loss. What a pleasure to have taught with him at Centennial. Nice, kind & fun to be around. Great teacher.
    RIP, my friend
    Coach Tom Brockman

  12. Bob was a tremedous human: always kind, always thoughtful and always caring. We didn’t have much contact in these past years but I can remember vividly how happy my sister was to have met Bob, worked with him, married and shared a life of education, family, and productive years.

  13. Mr. Hamm was my high school teacher at Centennial during my sophomore year. He was one of my favorite teachers and I wish that I would have performed better in his class. As a retired teacher myself, I have remembered some of the principles he taught us and they have been so valuable. Mr. Hamm was patient, thorough, and kind, almost to a fault. I will never forget him and what an awesome teacher he was. My regret is that I would have said these words to him face to face.

  14. I was so very saddened to hear of Mr. Hamm’s passing. Although I attended Centennial during the time that he taught, I never had the pleasure of taking one of his classes. I did, however, get to know him and his wife when I delivered meals on wheels. What a pleasure it was to stop at their place! Always so kind! You and Abby are in my thoughts, Mrs. Hamm.
    Leslie Biggs

  15. Mr. Hamm was one of the best teachers I had the privilege to study under in my long career as a student. He was always prepared; always knowledgeable, always encouraging and enthusiastic. Lastly, he was a fair grader and fair in his dispensation of classroom discipline. His class in speech and debate was the only class I ever took in that subject area. It was also the only class I ever needed and that was mostly to his credit. When I became a professor and took to the traditional method of lecturing, it came easily to me. On the days when classes went especially well, I would think of him and all that he taught me. R.I.P. Mr. Hamm.
    Michael S. Fitzgerald, Ph.d.
    Professor of History
    Pikeville College (1990-2001)
    Franciscan University of Steubenville (2001-2022)

  16. Mrs Hamm I was so saddened to see that Bob had passed. I have such fond memories of him. You will be in my prayers! 🙏🏻❤️


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